Friends of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library

New Bern, North Carolina

Banned Book Week--Bill Hand as Mark Twain
On Friday, September 23rd at 2 PM, Bill Hand will make an appearance in the library auditorium in his Mark Twain persona to discuss Twain's views on book banning which Twain experienced with several of his books.
Fall Big Book Sale Dates Set
The Friends of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library have secured the Knights of Columbus facility at 1125 Pinetree Dr for our Fall Big Book Sale. We will hold a members' only sale 4 to 7 PM on Thursday October 13th.  The public sale will be on Friday October 14th and Saturday October 15th 9 AM to 5 PM. The final day of the sale will be on Sunday October 16th noon to 3 PM.  Help us to spread the word!  We will need assistance setting up and taking down the sale and in September we'll set up an online signup.  


The New Bern-Craven County Public Library facility located at 400 Johnson St. was last expanded in 1992 to 26,200 square feet. In 1990 the census population of the Library Service Area--greater New Bern area (New Bern, Bridgeton, River Bend, Trent Woods, Township 2, Township 7 and Township 8) was 42,042.  In 2020 the population was 60,488, an increase of 43.9%.  According to standards just released by the State Library of North Carolina, minimally the library should have 39,317sf (0.65 sf per capita served). 
Modern libraries, in addition to its collections, need space for large and small meetings, tutoring, makers’ space, STEAM programs, computer learning labs, digital media labs and other programmable flex space.  They are community learning hubs.  Innovative libraries are economic engines for their communities and provide a return on investment of $4.14 per every $1 invested.
The new main library needs to:  1) meet minimum State Library standards per capita served; 2) be more geographically situated; 3) be easily accessible/visible; and 4) have adequate parking onsite. 

Click here to sign the online petition.  Click here for a hard copy of the petition.  Click here for a letter detailing the problem. If you would like someone to present to your group on this topic, click here.  Please share this information with family, friends, co-workers, social media contacts, and groups to which you belong!
 Your small Board is getting burned out from all the work entailed to manage this organization and run its various programs. PLEASE VOLUNTEER!!!  See the FOTL newsletter for details. If  interested, contact President Joanne Straight   Positions available:

Board members:  Directors
Online Book Sales
Design & set up Library Circulation Desk Display
Library Volunteers

Our Friends provided funding to install a new permanent StoryWalk at Martin Marietta Park.  It officially opened on March 25, 2022.  The featured story is "Giraffes Can't Dance" and it will be up for approximately two months then a new story will be put up.  If you visit this StoryWalk, please send us a picture.  Email it to 
Our Friends are partnering with Craven County Parks and Recreation Department to establish a permanent StoryWalk at the popular Creekside Park--in the rear near the kayak launch.  The panels are on order and we hope to have the new StoryWalk location up and running early this fall.
Our Friends are the coordinators for StoryWalks which can be used by Friends, libraries, nonprofits, churches, schools, and community event organizers in Craven and Pamlico Counties.  Funded jointly by the Harold H. Bate Foundation and the Friends of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library, we have seven StoryWalk titles available for use:  Giraffes Can’t Dance, Grumpy Monkey, True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Rainbow Fish, Walter the Farting Dog, Big Pumpkin and Bear Stays Up for Christmas. Those wishing to use a StoryWalk should contact coordinator Miriam Roseblossom via email.  Or click on the StoryWalk Agreement Form in the list at the bottom of this column.
Here are a few pointers about what NOT to donate. We don't like to think that we have limits, but some items are simply not appealing to the Friends' Book Sale clientele for a variety of reasons, and all donations require volunteer time to sort and box as well as space to store - all of which are precious resources, always in short supply. You can help! Use these guidelines to sort, weed and discard inappropriate materials before donating to the Friends (or any other nonprofit).

Condition matters! Please DO NOT donate books in the following condition(s):
Dirty, Shabby, Soiled, Smelly
Moldy, Mildewed
Water Damaged or Insect Damaged
Damaged Binding or Pages
Missing or Torn Covers or Pages
Excessive Writing, Markings, or Highlighting
Softcover books with crooked or twisted spines

Please note: For legal reasons, we do not accept homemade copies of any type of media or commercial software that is not packaged with a book.

Please remove any post-it notes or sticky tabs from the book.  Sorters won’t take the time to remove them and will discard the book.

Finally, before you donate a book, hold on to the spine and shake each book gently. Very often people leave things in books and forget about them -- important things like receipts with banking numbers, personal photographs, greeting cards with handwritten messages, and even cash. Please check before you donate.

Please note that we do not return containers and we reserve the right to determine whether or not to accept the donation.
Where to drop donated books and other material?
Donations are gratefully accepted at our storage unit:

River Mills Professional Storage Center
2723 Neuse Blvd.
Tuesday through Thursday 8 AM to 4 PM 

If necessary to donate at other days and times, you could drop them off at the library, 400 Johnson St., but if you do, we must then transport them to the storage unit which takes extra time and manpower. 

It is not possible for the Friends or the Library to pick up donations from the general public. If you are considering a very large donation that might overwhelm our available workspace, please email us to make special arrangements.

The Friends are pleased to consider offers of unique or specialized collections that do not necessarily meet the standard guidelines above. In some cases, we may send a subject expert to your site to review a special collection. To discuss a donation that may be of unique value, please send a message to our general email:

How to get a receipt for the donation?
If you would like a receipt for tax purposes, count the number of items you are donating and leave it with your donation including your name and mailing address. The Friends can give signed and dated receipts for the number of items, but cannot assess the value of your donation.  The receipt will be mailed, but be patient.